Travel Tip of the Day: 72-Hour Transit in China without a Visa

China list

72-Hour Transit in China without a Visa My colleague “Lucky” recently wrote an informative post on dealing with China’s “72-hour transit without a visa” policy. In September 2013, China began allowing certain citizens (including those from the US) to spend up to 72 hours in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu without a Chinese visa if the […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of June 18, 2014

Baggage

THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: #Carryonshame Campaign Aims to Expose Overpacked Travelers Fancy a trip to space? You can buy it on Alibaba’s Taobao site for $96,400 Yotel ‘micro-hotel’ concept coming to San Francisco Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport now offering free Wi-Fi Expedia adopts Bitcoin payments for hotel bookings Google Updates Flight Search With […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of June 4, 2014

Royal Hawaiian

THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Norovirus strikes Hawaii hotel, 100+ guests, employees affected Man stuck in S. Korea after son doodles on passport 787 Dreamliner Set to Land at American Airlines FAA clears Boeing 787 for longer flights United planning nonstop Guam-Shanghai flights Virgin Galactic Gains FAA Approval for Space Flights From […]

Travel Contests: Week of May 28, 2014

STA

This week’s travel contests include: Win a 13-day European tour for two from STA Travel Win Three Travel Adventures of Your Choice from HostelWorld.com Win $5,000 to spend on a London & Wales trip Win a trip to Prague from Travel Channel Win a trip for two to China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, or Singapore […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 23, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Extended for another month: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win your dream trip in Switchfly’s Twitter Dream Destination Contest Win an all-inclusive trip for two to a concert in Cancun Win a trip for two to explore the Philippines Win a 7-night trip for two […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 9, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of 52 trips to Australia Win a 7-day trip to your dream destination for two from Switchfly (Twitter contest; Johnny is a judge!) Win a luxurious summer trip for two to Hawaii from InsideHook and others Win […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 2, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of 52 trips to Australia Win a 7-day trip to your dream destination for two from Switchfly (Twitter contest; Johnny is a judge!) Win an 11-day safari-themed trip for two to South Africa Win a free […]

My Most Embarrassing Travel Story Involving a Japanese Ryokan

Maikos (geisha apprentices)

In 2005 I went on a Memoirs of a Geisha fam trip where they took me to all the sites that were mentioned in the book/movie.  We checked into an above average ryokan called Sento (a traditional Japanese inn). It was located in the center of Kinosaki and it did not look like much from […]